Thor Ragnarok has not yet hit the theaters, but critics are lucky people who get early screenings. Thor Ragnarok brings together Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) against the villainous Hela (Cate Blanchett) who wants to bring Ragnarok – the end of everything. There is also a gladiator style battle between Thor and Hulk. Thor has to somehow survive without its hammer Mjolnir (it having destroyed by Hela).
It appears the embargo is lifted and the reviews are in. The review aggregate according to Rotten Tomatoes, which collects reviews to give an average, is an incredible and near-perfect 98%. Only one of the 45 reviews yet listed is “rotten” or negative. The critics are calling this film one of the funniest movies not just in the franchise, but also in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Sheri Linden says, “There are moments that might bring a viewer back to the day’s news: a citizens’ uprising, an exodus of refugees. But amid the strife and the battles — on land and sea, in arenas and in the air — it’s the loose-limbed laughs that amp the story’s comic-book formula. In the evanescent Ragnarok, even the shock of grievous bodily injury evaporates before our eyes. What will linger when the weapons are withdrawn is the knowledge that you’ve been prepped for the inevitable next chapter.”
Guardian’s Steve Rose focused on the film’s humour which irons out its few wrinkles. “But Thor: Ragnarok gets away with all of this because it’s so winningly, unpretentiously funny. It basically throws up its hands at its own ridiculousness and plays it all for laughs – and it gets them.”
Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty too says although the story can be pointless at times, you do not mind as it is so funny. ” Ragnarok is basically a Joke Delivery System — and on that score, it works. The movie is fun. So to recap: Taika Waititi was mostly the right director for the job. Chris Hemsworth is hilarious. Tessa Thompson is going to be a star. “